Vessel loaded with 1.1 million barrels of crude could spring a leak at any time

Eight kilometers off the coast of Yemen, the vessel FSO Safer is rusting in the Red Sea. The UN is preparing an operation to drain the abandoned ship to avoid an oil leak, which could end up becoming one of the most dire environmental disasters of recent times.

Air photo of FSO Safer from July 19, 2020. | Photo: -/AFP / Satellite image ©2020 Maxa

In the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen, damaged vessel FSO Safer is rusting away.

Though crewless, the ship still contains 1.1 million barrels of crude, and experts estimate that there is no possibility of repairing the ship.

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